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12 fabulously nerdy purses and bags we can’t live without

When it comes to making a fashion statement, these geeky accessories are the last word.


Lisa Granshaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Sep 20, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 10:58 pm CDT

If you’re the kind of nerd who likes to proclaim your geeky side while still being trendy and fashionable, one of the best ways to do it is through your fashion choices—particularly your accessories.

Why accessories? They’re fun, versatile, and easy to get creative with. Even better, in recent years, the number of accessory options in the geek fashion industry has exploded—particularly for handbags.

If you’re looking for a fun and useful geeky item to complete your outfit, there’s nothing better than a purse or bag. Not only can you show off your favorite things, but it’ll come in handy for carrying everything you need when you go to work, meet up with friends, or spend the day at a convention!

We’ve rounded up 12 bags and purses so fabulously geeky we can only describe them as must-haves for anyone thinking of wearing their nerdy heart on their wrist.

1) R2-D2 Patent Dome Bag

Loungefly has a number of great geeky bags, especially for Star Wars fans. The Force is strongest with their stunning R2-D2 option. It captures the adorable droid’s style with its bright patent faux leather design, making it a must-have for anyone looking for a way to carry around some secret Death Star plans.

2) Star Trek Retro Tech Purse

Boldly enhance your accessories with this Star Trek: The Original Series bag from ThinkGeek! It comes with an adjustable shoulder strap if you’d rather not use the handles or if you prefer the handles, you can remove the shoulder strap altogether. The outside has a fun retro look with red, gold, and blue featured on the front and strap, while the inside has gold Star Trek lining. It’s perfect for any Trekkie who wants something to put their tricorders and PADDs in when they’re on the go.

3) Blood Moon Phase Tote 

Speaking of space, if you can’t get enough of our home universe than you’ll want to see the bags by Shadowplay New York. Their totes feature amazing prints like this one displaying all the phases of the blood moon. The stunning original images are from NASA, making it an even cooler option for space geeks who want the real thing.

4) Avatar Aang Tote Bag

Etsy is a great place to look for original geeky bags and purses! Heart Felt Design for example offers a fantastic selection of totes featuring original artwork of characters’ faces from all different fandoms. Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender will love this shop’s Aang bag which uniquely captures the likeness of the Airbender.

5) Harry Potter Solemnly Swear Hobo Bag

Manage all the mischief you want with the help of this hobo bag from Hot Topic. If you can’t get enough of the Marauders from Harry Potter this is the perfect bag for you. It features the design of the Marauder’s Map and the phrase “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” The bag can close shut with a snap button, has pockets on the inside, and is the perfect size for carrying your wand.

6) Mickey Mouse Icon Laser Cut Crossbody Bag

If you’re a Disney fan, then go classic with this crossbody bag. The faux leather bag by Vera Bradley features the iconic Mickey Mouse head logo in a unique design prominently on the front with little logos running along the sides and bottom. It comes with a number of useful pockets and an adjustable strap. The chic black and white look will make it fit in whether you’re going to the office or a party.

7) TARDIS Blue Felt Bag

The only thing that could possibly make this bag a better fit for Doctor Who fans is if it could somehow make the classic TARDIS noise! Created by Etsy shop KruKru Studio, the zipper bag is made of Spanish felt and includes an adjustable strap. Even without the TARDIS sound effects, this stands out as a perfect option for fans of the science fiction series who don’t care about being subtle about their passion. Check out our interview with the owners.

8) Red Stripe Shoulder Bag 

JumpFromPaper’s stunning bags will make you look twice—especially if you’re looking for Waldo! Their unique designs make each bag look like they’re right out of a cartoon and are perfect for anyone who wants to make their world a little more two-dimensional. Their red stripe shoulder bag is particularly cute and looks perfect for carrying all of your essentials.

9) Avengers Nylon Letter Carrier Bag



This Marvel letter carrier bag features the logos of heroes Avengers fans will know. Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor, and even S.H.I.E.L.D. gets a spot on the silky nylon fabric bag by Dooney and Bourke. With leather trim and a leather adjustable strap, you’ll be able to stylishly assemble your things in this bag before heading out.

10) Grimm’s Fairy Tales Book Cover Bag

For the book obsessed, why not display your passion for reading with a purse? Etsy shop Bookarelli sells beautiful book clutch purses that feature a number of classics for you to choose from. This Grimm’s Fairy Tales clutch is especially chic with its blue leather and embossed gold and silver. You can also customize it to fit your style by choosing the button and the color of the satin lining.

11) The Elder Scrolls Imperial Dragon Messenger Bag

If you need a little more room for your stuff, then a messenger bag is the way to go, and this option from Bethesda is perfect for gamers. Made from genuine leather, it features the Imperial Dragon symbol from The Elder Scrolls and is lined with canvas. It will surely be able to carry all your loot as long as you can resist grabbing every cup, dish, and other random items you see!

12) Bag End Leather Bag

The Shire becomes fashionable with this bag from Etsy shop ForgianticaLeather. Bilbo Baggin’s famous Bag End door inspired this handmade leather product, which is sure to get the attention of all of your fellow J.R.R. Tolkien fans with its amazing details. The front of the door even includes the the rune left by Gandalf and is UV light sensitive!

Screengrab via Loungefly/Bethesda/VeraBradley 

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*First Published: Sep 20, 2015, 11:00 am CDT